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Definition of replica

1 : an exact reproduction (as of a painting) executed by the original artist a replica of this was painted … this year— Constance Strachey
2 : a copy exact in all details DNA makes a replica of itself sailed a replica of the Viking ship broadly : copy this faithful, pathetic replica of a Midwestern suburb — G. F. Kennan

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reproduction, duplicate, copy, facsimile, replica mean a thing made to closely resemble another. reproduction implies an exact or close imitation of an existing thing. reproductions from the museum's furniture collection duplicate implies a double or counterpart exactly corresponding to another thing. a duplicate of a house key copy applies especially to one of a number of things reproduced mechanically. printed 1000 copies of the lithograph facsimile suggests a close reproduction often of graphic matter that may differ in scale. a facsimile of a rare book replica implies the exact reproduction of a particular item in all details a replica of the Mayflower but not always in the same scale. miniature replicas of classic cars

Examples of replica in a Sentence

We toured a replica of the ship. It's an authentic replica of an ancient Greek urn.
Recent Examples on the Web Anchorage’s statue is a replica of one in Whitby, England, a sister city of Anchorage. Aubrey Wieber, Anchorage Daily News, "City weighs response to calls on social media for the removal of Anchorage’s statue of Captain James Cook," 19 June 2020 Fortunately, a replica of the legendary De Havilland Tiger Moth can provide just as many thrills, spills, and smiles for about half the price. Lee H. Goldberg, Ars Technica, "Living the Top Gun dream, on a budget," 15 June 2020 The statue is a replica of the original statue in Washington, D.C. funded by money donated by former slaves and designed by Charlestown native Thomas Ball. Fox News, "Petition to remove Boston statue of Lincoln standing over a slave garners thousands of signatures," 15 June 2020 His first vehicle replica was Doc Brown's time machine. Talon Homer, Car and Driver, "The Cars Are the Stars: The Art of Replicating Hollywood's Famous Rides," 14 June 2020 Photos of the replica, which were obtained by the Associated Press, show that the vessel resembles the Nimitz-class ships used by the U.S. Navy in the Strait of Hormuz. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Iran appears to construct mock aircraft carrier complete with fake fighter jets," 9 June 2020 Nearly 50 years later, visitors can see a replica of the intricate works in the unlikely location of Alabama’s Troy University. Kelly Kazek |, al, "Alabama’s astounding replica of ancient Terracotta Army," 28 May 2020 The Perot has long been a popular destination for schoolchildren, who revel in its storehouse of interactive exhibits, while getting to see life-size replicas of dinosaurs. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "Perot Museum of Nature and Science announces 168 layoffs, including a third of its senior leadership," 13 May 2020 More than 250 years later, a group of enthusiasts and marine archeologists built a replica, and sailed it to Shanghai along the ship’s original route. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "The surprisingly vital role sister cities play in Chinese diplomacy," 1 May 2020

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First Known Use of replica

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for replica

Italian, repetition, from replicare to repeat, from Late Latin, from Latin, to fold back — more at reply

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The first known use of replica was in 1824

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25 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Replica.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce replica (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of replica

: an exact or very close copy of something


rep·​li·​ca | \ ˈre-pli-kə How to pronounce replica (audio) \

Kids Definition of replica

: a very exact copy

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